Medical Definition of Serving size

Reviewed on 3/29/2021

Serving size: 1. The portion of food used as a reference on the nutrition label of that food.
2. The recommended portion of food to be eaten.

The National Cancer Institute defines a serving as:

  • One medium-sized fruit (such as apples, oranges, bananas, pears)
  • 1/2 cup of raw, cooked, canned or frozen fruits or vegetables
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz.) of 100% fruit or vegetable juice
  • 1/2 cup cut-up fruit
  • 1/2 cup cooked or canned legumes (such as beans and peas)
  • 1 cup of raw, leafy vegetables (such as lettuce and spinach)
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit (such as raisins, apricots, mango)

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